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Recovery and Repair in the

Nerves and Spinal Cord

Chapter 10

Types of Nerve Damage
When a nerve is compressed or injured, a variety of types of injury can usually be found – each has its own time course for recovery.  A simple compression will recover very rapidly,  if the sheath is destroyed, then weeks may be required for a new insulating lining to be rebuilt. If the axon itself is disrupted, then a replacement must be grown from the cut point all the way on out to the skin or muscle at a rate of 1-4 millimeters per day. If the conduit itself is destroyed, then a regrowing nerve may never find its way past the point of injury.